Large turnout expected for school votes
A higher-than-average turnout to vote absentee for the bond referendums in the Washington and Mid-Prairie school districts may signify to election officials that there will be a strong turnout to the polls when they open tomorrow.
Elections administrator Sue Meeks said today that about 250 people, or just under 5 percent, have voted absentee in both school districts. Meeks said that there are 5,238 registered voters in the Mid-Prairie School District and 6,850 in the Washington district. Meeks said that the turnout to vote absentee so far has been stronger than it had been in previous school bond elections.
“Absentee voting is getting more and more common,” she said. “We’ve already had more than in past bond votes.”
She said an absentee board would count the absentee ballots Tuesday afternoon and then the total would be added to the votes from the election.
Being in Washington on Monday, but not planning to come to town Tuesday, Edward Hartsock stopped by the Washington County Auditor’s Office today to cast his ballot in the election. While this isn’t the first time that Hartsock has voted absentee, he said that he normally still votes during the regular elections.
Hartsock filled out a form that asked his name and address. He also put the information on an envelope that his ballot would go into. He was then given a ballot and directed to voting booths in the lobby of the Washington County Courthouse.
“It’s good to be able to do it when you are in town or you have time,” he said.
In the Washington election, voters will determine if the Washington School District should bond for $1.1 million to fund an auditorium that will be built onto the Washington High School. In Mid-Prairie, voters will decide whether the district should bond for $10.6 million. Some of the projects the bond would cover include installing a geothermal heating and cooling system at the middle school, installing air conditioning at Washington Township Elementary, and adding an additional preschool classroom at Kalona Elementary School.
In Washington, the polls will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places include the Washington County Supervisors chambers in the Washington County Courthouse and Brighton City Hall. In the Mid-Prairie district the election will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places will be at West Chester Heritage Building, the Kalona Municipal Building and the Parkside Activities Center in Wellman.
Results of the election will be posted on the Washington Evening Journal Web site as soon as they are made available Tuesday evening.